Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Charli XCX (pictured in Atlanta) played Boston Thursday.

Music Review

At House of Blues, Charli XCX leans forward into pop’s future

The British singer’s adventurousness was on full display in a riotously fun stage show.

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Taking faith and friendship to the streets in New Rep’s ‘Trayf’

A comedy by Lindsay Joelle follows two young Hasidic men on a journey through the streets of Manhattan in a “mitzvah tank.’’

Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump speaks with astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch as they conduct the first all-female spacewalk, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s a Thing

Ill communications, blood floods, amazing grace, and toot suites

Michael Andor Brodeur’s review of the week online.


Fall frolic

Cows, classic rock, and décor at Easteigh Farm this weekend

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Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence

The celebrated street artist returns to his artistic birthplace to paint his 100th mural, open an art retrospective, and speak at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.

András Schiff performed the First Beethoven Piano Concerto with the BSO Thursday night.

Music Review

With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO

The Hungarian-born soloist led works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók.

Conductor Benjamin Zander (left) and pianist Alessandro Deljavan.

Music Review

For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season

Founder Benjamin Zander presided over performances of Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók.

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Artist Savanna Nelson loves her colors to be bright and fluorescent

A recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Nelson majored in painting and art history, two fields of study that have fueled her creative process.

Stephen Colbert will continue to host through 2023.

TV Critic’s Corner

Stephen Colbert to host CBS’s ‘The Late Show’ until 2023

Colbert has become the highest-rated late-night host since he signed on for five years as David Letterman’s successor in 2015.

Zoo Howl draws costume-clad visitors to Franklin Park Zoo.

It’s almost Halloween: Treat yourself

Pretty much the entire month of October is Halloween around town. Make the most of it.

Paul Rudd in Living With Yourself

TV Critic’s Corner

Tom Brady makes a cameo in Paul Rudd’s new comedy, ‘Living With Yourself’

It’s a cute bit, as they say, although the fact that a New England Patriot is in a scene involving a spa may trigger a raised eyebrow or two.

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At the new MoMA, African Americans and women get better play... but hopefully there’s more to come

The legendary museum cut a narrow line through art history. It now cuts a broader swath, with more to come.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Elizabeth Ames makes a novel return to campus in ‘The Other’s Gold’

The author will appear in conversation with Joanna Rakoff on Wednesday evening at Belmont Books.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Small wonders, Concord authors, and ‘Polaroid’ poems

The latest news from around the New England literary scene

book review

An intimate, open-ended biography of Broadway star Elaine Stritch

Alexandra Jacobs’s new biography fleshes out our picture of the raspy-voiced actress and singer, who died in 2014 at 89.

@LARGE | Michael Andor Brodeur

As screenshots proliferate, private conversations are for public consumption

Screenshots have become a fundamental unit of currency in the Full Disclosure economy.

“The Lion King” company members Michael Reilly (top left) and Ben Lipitz stand near some of the murals left by Broadway touring companies that have come to the Opera House over the past 15 years.

Backstage at the Opera House, the hallways are memory lanes

When touring productions and performers finish up at the theater, they leave some artwork behind.


For author Joe Hill, horror is in his blood

“Full Throttle” is Joe Hill’s new collection of 13 sinister tales, two of which he wrote with his father, Stephen King.

book review

Paul Theroux goes beyond the border with a deep dive into Mexico

The travel writer offers a complex, contradictory, empathetic picture of Mexico that couldn’t be more vital.

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Things to Do

The Weekender: SpongeBob sings, Almodóvar returns, and Holzer takes over

The Globe's picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Stage Review

‘The SpongeBob Musical’ is a sea of joy

The adaptation of popular Nickelodeon series is relentlessly goofy and exuberant.

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Photography review

At the deCordova museum, finding nature and artifice in ‘All the Marvelous Surfaces’ photography show

Karl Blossfeldt’s plant studies are the launching point for the new show.

Critic’s Notebook

In Boston-area theaters, depictions of power and corruption fill the stage

If there is a single theme that has dominated the fall season — in dramas ranging from “King Lear” to “The Prince of Providence” — it is the getting, using, and misusing of power.

Park So-dam and Choi Woo-sik in Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.”

Movie review

Family ties (and lies) in dark comic masterpiece ‘Parasite’

South Korean filmmaking master Bong Joon-ho delivers his funniest, most biting, and bleakest work to date.

A scene from “Memory: The Origins of Alien.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Flint graduation, ‘Alien’ investigation, schlock celebration

A preview of three upcoming documentaries

DELSONIDO will appear at Mass MoCA on Dec. 7.

5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season

The concert scene is better than ever at the state’s largest art museums.

“Pinocchio” is among many classic films that will be available on the streaming service Disney+.


Disney has serious stream dreams

Debuting Nov. 12, Disney+ wants to be the new lion king of streaming.

With his new show, “All Rise,” Nick Offerman says he says he’s more comfortable calling his act stand-up comedy.

Nick Offerman stands up for ‘All Rise’

In the past, he resisted calling himself a comic, but that’s changed on his new tour.

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In ‘The Lighthouse,’ director Robert Eggers finds humor in the supernatural

It’s his second period piece, after “The Witch” (2015).

Chick Corea performing.

On the fly with Chick Corea

The jazz virtuoso comes to town with his all-star Trilogy trio, one of his myriad projects.

A scene from director Mats Grorud’s animated feature “The Tower,” part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

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Coming up: the Boston Palestine Film Festival and Boston Asian American Film Festival.

Nobel Prize winner Jim Allison knows his way around a microscope.

Movie Review

Harmonica player, cancer fighter, Nobel Prize winner

A review of the documentary “Jim Allison: Breakthrough.”

Jennifer Lawrence in Paris in September.


Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly getting married in Rhode Island this weekend

The “Hunger Games” actress and her fiance, art gallery worker Cooke Maroney, are tying the knot at a “swanky venue” in Rhode Island this weekend in front of 150 guests after being engaged for eight months.

Jesse Hinson (left) worked on a scene with the cast during a rehearsal of “The Thanksgiving Play” at Lyric Stage on Oct. 11.

At this Thanksgiving, the politically woke get carved

Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse says her satire is drawn from “all of these bizarre, crazy, offensive, strange experiences I encounter as an indigenous person in contemporary society.”

Boston, MA, 10/15/2019 -- EMBARGOED UNTIL 10am on OCT 16 - Roger Brown, longterm president at Berklee College of Music will be stepping down from his post in 2021. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 17Berklee Reporter:

Berklee president Roger H. Brown to step down in 2021: ‘It’s time to hand off the baton’

Under Brown’s leadership, Berklee expanded through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and beyond, opening a campus in Valencia, Spain, and merging with the neighboring Boston Conservatory.

Three jazz photography shows where what you see is what you hear

The Museum of African American History and Harvard’s Cooper Gallery showcase jazz photography.

Nora Chipaumire peforms #PUNK.

Blending dance and concert, nora chipaumire’s ‘#PUNK 100% POP *N!&GA’ becomes a live performance album at the ICA

Born in apartheid Rhodesia, the dancer and choreographer says a need to “prove black African humanity” drives all of her work.


Ben Affleck slashes price on island mansion to $7.6 million

The Cambridge native has dropped the price on the four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Greek Revival plantation in Riceboro, Ga., he’s owned since 2003.

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Stages | Terry Byrne

An affluent black family spills its secrets in ‘Stick Fly’

Lydia R. Diamond’s play gets a staging at Hibernian Hall.

Movie Review

Unfolding in so many kinds of limbo

In the documentary “Midnight Travler,” an Afghan family chronicles its flight to Europe.

Kal Penn in Sunnyside, Queens, where the NBC sitcom “Sunnyside” takes place.

TV Critic’s Corner

On NBC, ‘Sunnyside’ is over early and ‘Will & Grace’ is back early

“Sunnyside” has had the lowest ratings of any NBC show this fall. The final season of “Will & Grace” had been due next year but instead will premiere Oct. 24.

Anne Hathaway and Gary Carr in an episode of “Modern Love.”

Television review

In a relationship with ‘Modern Love’

The Amazon anthology series, based on the New York Times column, is a charming collection of small stories about the very many faces of love.

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Sergio Mendes and Bebel Gilberto bring back the bossa nova

Two of bossa nova’s longtime ambassadors, representing multiple generations of the music, will share the stage at the Berklee Performance Center.

Bon Iver at the TD Garden Tuesday night.

music review

At the Garden, Bon Iver melds past, present, and futuristic

Its ambitious set combined sound collage and Justin Vernon’s trademark falsetto vocals with an elaborate state-of-the-art light show.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” one of the year’s buzziest romances, will screen in Boston next month.

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Two Popes’ among IFFBoston Fall Focus titles

Always a reliable harbinger of next year’s Oscars, the Independent Film Festival Boston’s fall focus will also screen Noah Baumbach’s drama “Marriage Story” and Shia LaBeouf’s buzzy “Honey Boy.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Photographer Shellburne Thurber finds beautiful glimmers, bursts of light in her family’s New Hampshire lake house

Light and shadow move through this gorgeous installation at Krakow Witkin Gallery.